My Favorite WordPress Plugins

Introduction

This is a quick rundown of the plugins I like to use on my WordPress sites.  I do try my best not to install tons of plugins on my sites.  For the most part I use small lightweight plugins that do a specific task.

Plugins

They aren’t in any particular order.  So here’s the list.

Plugin:  404Page

You need a custom page not found.  This plugin helps take care of those 404 errors.

Plugin:  Amazon Associates Link Builder

Sorry to say my sites have ads.  This is the official plugin from Amazon.

Plugin:  Contact Form 7

I needed a few forms.  Its the plugin to use.  Seems like everyone uses it.

Plugin:  Display Posts Shortcode

I like to do easy custom posts pages.  This plugin gives me a shortcode I can use on any page.

Plugin:  Duplicator

My goto plugin for backing up and migrating my sites.

Plugin:  Easy WP Meta Description

An easy way to create meta descriptions for search engines.

Plugin:  Enhanced Media Library

Allows you to easily categorize and filter your media.

Plugin:  Flamingo

Adds storage capabilities to contact form 7.

Plugin:  Google Analytics Dashboard For WP

I don’t want to go to Google to see how my sites are doing.  This plugin puts the data I want to see in my wordpress dashboard.

Plugin:  Google XML Sitemaps

Creates sitemap for the search engines.

Plugin:  Insert Pages

This plugin provides shortcodes so I can insert posts into posts on my site.

Plugin:  Lazy Load XT

Got to load your web page fast.  This plugin loads images, youtube and iframes on your pages as they are needed.

Plugin:  Simple Cache

Well the name says it all.  A simple caching plugin for wordpress.

Plugin:  Smush

Its popular.  Optimize your images.

Plugin:  TinyMCE Advanced

Just adds some extra functionality to TinyMCE.

Plugin:  Wordfence Security

The most important plugin of them all.  Protect your site with this plugin.  There are a lot of settings to go through but protecting your site is very important.

Plugin:  wpDiscuz

Just a better comment plugin.

Plugin:  YouTube

Adds shortcodes with more options for embedding your youtube videos.

Conclusion

The above plugins have helped out my sites.  Give one a try.

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